THE TENNESSEAN | South Korea proved it could contain COVID-19 without a lockdown through aggressive contact tracing. That is what the U.S. must do to be successful too.
After implementing social distancing through a lockdown, but before deploying a vaccine, the single best tool we have to contain the COVID-19 pandemic is contact tracing.
Countries that have been successful outliers in halting the virus’s spread, like South Korea, have deployed contact tracing early and extensively.
If we want to wisely reopen our state (and our nation), as quickly and safely as possible, we must aggressively implement this approach. And for it to be successful, we must involve a public-private partnership, compensating private healthcare providers for sharing the work of public health delivery.